Weekend Guide 10+ Things to do in Jax this Weekend

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • September 21, 2021

Jacksonville has plenty of fun events happening this week! It is your last chance to see the Jacksonville Shrimp at home this season. There are also concerts, a comedy show, theatre shows, 5Ks, a Jaguars game, tailgate and more!

Dreams Come True Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run This Saturday at Metropolitan Park

When: September 25 7:45 AM

Where: Metropolitan Park

Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, the First Coast’s locally-based dream granting organization for children battling life-threatening illnesses, is bringing back its in-person Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, presented by TOTE, after going fully virtual in 2020.

Set for Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park on Saturday, September 25, 2021, registered participants will join Dreams Come True and its sponsors as they walk, run or roll throughout downtown Jacksonville, all in the effort to raise funds to sponsor the dreams of local children battling life- threatening illnesses. A virtual option is available for those wishing to support the event from the comfort of their home or neighborhoods. All participants will receive a tie-dyed DCT5K shirt and finisher’s medal.

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Squeeze: The Nomadband Tour Coming To The Florida Theatre 

When: September 23 at 8PM

Where: 128 E Forsyth St.  #300

Squeeze first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave. Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo Chris and Glenn reunited ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

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Jacksonville Tailgate Experience

Where: 1906 E. Beaver St.

When: September 26 9AM-1PM

Join Gameday Tailgate Experience (“GTE”) at a pre-game tailgate for the Arizona vs Jaguars game on September 26. Tailgate is hosted by former Jaguars’ Kicker Mike Hollis, Former Pro Golfer Chelsea Pezzola and Arizona Superfans Randy Earick and Dustin “KNP Kid” Holmes.

Enjoy Unlimited Food and a 4 Hour Open Bar with hundreds of fans! Food, Beverages, Tented Seating Areas, Live Music & Entertainment, Celebrity Host Meet and Greets, Family Friendly Tailgating Games and Amenities, TVs, Bathrooms, and more are all included with your ticket! Tailgate with former Players and Celebrities!

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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Memphis Redbirds

Where: 121 Financial Ballpark

When: September 21-25

ATTENTION SHRIMP FANS! It's your last chance to go to a home game this season. They will feature promos such as Two for Tuesday,Vystar Credit Union Charity Begins At Home,Thirsty Thursday, Red Shirt Friday, and Fan Appreciation.

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The Haunted Tavern- Jacksonville

Where: 645 Oak Street

When: September 25

The Be Afraid of the Dark Pop-Up Bar is a haunted cocktail experience run by the decedents of Ichabod Crane. The tavern keeper will guide guests through a 4-part interactive cocktail journey while sharing chilling and dark tales of his ancestor's past and the ghost of Gainesville. Beware of the surprises of the night and of course, the guests that never left. The event is held at Colonial Musicale, one of the most haunted places in Jacksonville and home to their own ghost.

Reservations are held nightly and restricted to a small number of guests for a 90-minute experience. The Haunted Tavern appears for limited time only in select dates of September, the portal closes after the final day and the Tavern disappears.

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Nurse Blake: PTO Comedy Tour

Where: Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts - Moran Theater

When: September 24

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Celebrate Arlington Sept 24-25 benefits Historic Norman Studios

The community is invited to join the JAX Chamber Arlington Council September 24-25, to celebrate beautiful Arlington and support Norman Studios, one of Jacksonville’s most significant historic landmarks. The festivities begin Friday evening from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Norman Studios campus located at 6337 Arlington Road. The event is free, but registration is required.

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Where: 300 Water Street 

When: September 29 - October 17

Hamilton is coming to Jacksonville! Featuring​ a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

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Explore: Washington Oaks State Park

Where: 6400 N Ocean Shore Blvd

Get out and explore! Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a must see! This hidden gem is about an hour from Jacksonville just south of Marineland on A1A!

The park features a picturesque oak hammock, pristine beach with coquina rock formations & tidal pools, hiking & bike trails, plus more!

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Restaurant Spotlight: Mambo’s Cuban Cafe

Where:13770 Beach Blvd

Are you craving some Cuban food? Check our Mambos Cuban Café.  They are family owned and they take great pride in their menu. They offer affordable Cuban cuisine that has something for everyone!

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Brunch Spot: Nero’s Waterfront Cafe

Where:  24 Avenida Menendez
When: see hours on website

Nero’s is located at the historic Casablanca Inn on the Bay overlooking the Harbor in St. Augustine. Their menu features farm to table meats, homemade breads, pastries, jams and sauces plus all of your favorite brunch classics.

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Sing Out Loud Festival

Where: see schedule

When: September 10-26

St. Augustine’s Sing Out Loud Festival sponsored this year by the  St. Augustine Distillery, is the largest free music festival in Florida. The Festival returns in September 2021 with a roster of more than 100 national, regional, and local artists performing in live concerts over three weekends at multiple venues downtown and at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre . This is the 5th Annual Sing Out Loud Festival, and it promises to be one of the most exciting and eclectic presentations of musical performances and one of the most significant festivals in northeast Florida.

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Riverside Arts Market

When: Saturdays 10-3

Where: 715 Riverside Ave

Enjoy local makers, artists, and farmers under the bridge. It’s free and pet friendly. Bring some friends and enjoy the market rain or shine.

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The Sound of Music

Where: 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

When: August 12- September 25

Come see The Sound of Music at Alhambra Theatre and Dining.  Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", and the title song "The Sound of Music". Get your tickets and learn more below! It is the last week to see this show.


The Dude Perfect 2021 Tour

Where: Vystar Veterans Arena

When: September 24 7pm

“If I make this shot, you owe me lunch” …Swish

A free sandwich, a simple camera, and 20 “I can do better than you” shots later, Dude Perfect was born. Obviously when that first ball swished, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but we believe that nothing happens by accident, that God’s given us this platform for a reason, and that we have an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of countless others all around the globe. Above all else, our ultimate goal is to glorify Jesus Christ in everything that we do. We want to use this platform for something much bigger than us.

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs Arizona Cardinals

Where: TIAA Bank Field

When: September 26 at 1PM

Come join the Jacksonville Jaguars as they take on the Arizona Cardinals. This is a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.





 Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Where: Riverfront Plaza

When:  September 29 - October 3

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns September 29 - October 3 for their 40th anniversary! There’s two stages of live entertainment with numerous performances you don’t want to miss! The fest is free to attend but the ultimate jazz fans will want to upgrade to the VIP jazz experience! 
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AJR: The OK Orchestra Tour

Where: Daily’s Place

When: October 1 at 7:30

AJR, the New York City-based indie pop trio will be in Jacksonville October 1. The band is composed of three brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan. They’re known for their hits “I’m Ready”, “Bang!”, and “Burn the House Down”.




Where: Daily’s Place

When: October 3 at 7PM

New Orleans rap duo $uicideboy$ rose from the dark corners of the underground, merging hip-hop with a punk and occult aesthetic fit for graveyards and clubs alike. With dozens of projects to their name (including at least 20 installments of their Kill Yourself EP series), they released their official full-length debut, I Want to Die in New Orleans, in 2018. Without much mainstream attention, they racked up multiple gold-certified singles and stormed charts around the world. In 2021, they issued their sophomore LP, Long-Term Effects of Suffering, their second consecutive U.S. Top Ten.


Young Frankenstein

Where: 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

When: September 30 - November 7, 2021

Based on the 1974 film, this musical adaption of the classic comedy follows the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Fron-kin-steen) trying to follow the footsteps of his famous grandfather, Victor Frankenstein.

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The Lit AF Tour

When: October 1

Where: Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena

Martin Lawrence is LIT AF in 2021, and he's coming to an arena near you to prove it!  The legendary standup and actor is back with a hilarious new set of material, and he's inviting along friends like Rickey Smiley, Lil Duval, Lil Rel, Hannibal Burress, Adele Givens, DeRay David, and Michael Blackson to make sure his show is the funniest one of the year. 

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NF: Clouds Tour

When: October 6

Where: Daily’s Place

NF calls himself an artist who makes music for everybody. His EP NF brought him breakthrough success. He followed that with three studio albums in three years. He has hits such as “Let You Down”, “Lie”, and more!

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